i just could not let this one go...
i kept reading about stuff like this, could not find where anybody
got their intel based processor to work after damage like this...
but i did find where an AMD processor was "fixed"... i cannot
remember where it is now... (sorry)Intel Specs page for all of their productsIntel P4 Specs page
anyhow... i did the research, found my exact processor # on Intel's page...
and the pin mapped to A21 and it was a blank on the chart... NOT NEEDED!
so i got a toothpick, broke it in half, took the broken end and used it to straighten
out the bent pins (about 5) did not break them off... and cleaned all the
previous thermal grease off of the die, put the processor into my motherboard
and did a final cleaning of the processor (to get fingerprints off of it).
using a latex glove i put a thin, translucent, layer of thermal grease (forget
the brand, but it cost $5 a tube at the local computer shop) and snapped
the standard heatsink on it and booted my machine.
(btw, did not have to re-install XP!!!! woot!)
it booted, complained about a change in processor, bios updated and booted
again. xp came up wanting drivers for the new processor... i let it boot and
use the internal xp drivers... rebooted, and then downloaded the stuff from
intel for this processor... and it works great!
though, i'll probably never be able to remove it from the ZIF, ever... it might
break off those bent (and rebent) pins...
morrowind loads in less than 30 sec (i was used to almost 2 minutes...)
half-life is almost instantaneous (online or not)
almost everything else has changed noticably ;)
but it could die later today... or next year... that's the chance i take.
the customer is fine with this, as what i did would have voided any warranty
(if there had been one left) he would rather have new stuff completely
covered under warranty(ies).most of the info i used to do this came from that website i cannot remember
now... blah. sorry!!